Kasungu: Central Region Water Board (CRWB) Tuesday bemoaned a proliferation of farming activities in the catchment area for Kasungu dam saying it is leading to heavy siltation in the dam and reducing its holding capacity
Scheme Manager for CRWB in Kasungu, Jacob Mussa said the development is greatly affecting its water supply services in the district since it relies on the dam as its main source of water.
Mussa said communities were clearing trees which the board plants annually to control soil erosion.
“Our office has been planting trees around our catchment area yearly in order to control soil erosion that leads to siltation of the dam but some people cultivate along the dam and steal the trees. This is a setback to our business as water is still decreasing in the dam,” he said.
Chairperson for Kasungu Civil Society Network (KUSNET), Gently Kamanga blamed the block chiefs in the area for failing to control encroachment in the dam’s catchment area.
He suggested that the board should engage soldiers from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to protect the dam.
“It seems chiefs and CRWB have failed to take care of the dam which is our source of water. That being the case, we are requesting the board to hire MDF soldiers so that they can help in guarding the dam and end the stealing of trees and cultivation in the catchment area,” Kamanga viewed.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA